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Work (All the cigarette breaks, Harris Museum, Preston, February 2016) - Pavel Büchler

Research at
Manchester School of Art

Research is an integral part of the School of Art and our thriving community of researchers consistently demonstrate how creative research can be both exciting and engage with the major cultural and societal issues of the day.

Staff within the School are practicing professionals within their fields regularly exhibiting in major galleries worldwide, engaging with communities to enrich their possibilities, having influence over national policy or exploring new ways of expression through digital technologies.

In the most recent REF, art and design research at Manchester Metropolitan University was ranked 6th in the UK for overall research power, with two thirds of our research rated internationally excellent.

We also offer opportunities for postgraduate research degrees in art and design and the history and theory of art and design. Our long-standing research programme is highly versatile and can be purely theoretical or a practice led interrogation of creative processes and their outcomes.

All this experience and knowledge makes an inspiring environment to engage with, whether that be through study or collaboration.

Research Groups

Most School of Art staff belong to at least one Departmental or subject-based Research Group

There are also five cross-discipline theme-based Research Groups in the School of Art



In the Family of the Carbons

Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson

20 Jan 3 Mar

The Turnpike

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The Harmonic Oscillator and Critical Care

With Vic McEwan and Clive Parkinson

23 Jan


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Textile and Place

12 Apr

Manchester School of Art and the Whitworth

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Pictures of War: The Still Image in Conflict since 1945

23 25 May

Manchester Metropolitan University and Imperial War Museum North

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